Arts and Culture

Mining the Unsound

Inga Maren Otto Fellow in Music Composition

New York-based sound and visual artist Thessia Machado offers an exploration of the emergence of sound in her artistic practice. In this lecture and demonstration, she discusses her research into the musical possibilities of humble sonic sources and discarded technologies—turntables, photocells, circuit boards, speakers, and LCD screens. Following her talk, Machado gives a short performance involving an instrument she recently built: an analog synthesizer-circuit controlled by the image supplied from a cathode-ray-tube (CRT) baby monitor.

Mining the Unsound from The American Academy in Berlin on Vimeo.